February/March 2012 (vol. 08/5)

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Full circle on managing absence

Recommendations on sickness absence – have we seen it all before?


Jim Ford considers the recommendations of the independent review of sickness absence in the context of a century of government efforts to rein in the cost of absenteeism.

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Dr Jim Ford is consultant clinical lead for Salus Occupational Health and Safety in north west England. An early career in general practice was followed by a long spell in the civil service, initially on benefits assessment but later in health policy. As a medical director at the former Department for Education and Employment he was responsible for developing rehabilitation-for-work policy.

Author: Ford J


Occupational Health at Work February/March 2012 (vol. 08/5) pp24-27

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